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    Temperament of Beagles - Thinking of getting one

    Now that I'm single there is no reason why I couldn't think about getting a dog eventually.
    I wouldn't mind getting a Beagle but am wondering if they usually have a good temperament,if they known to be usually good around children.

    I can walk the dog several times a day,it would get about 1 hr walk alone with the school run in all alone plus additional exercise in a field etc.I don't have a car and litrally walk everywhere.
    House is not too small for this average size dog and I have a secure garden.
    I am due a baby but keeping it in mind it might not be best to have a new pup around with a baby specially when baby is up and about come this time next year but just generally wondering if anyone got any opinions on them.

    There are some other breeds I like too,Dalmations,Labradors,Golden Retrievers.

    I've never kept a dog before and really apart from odd dog walking when younger,not very experienced with them at all but am able to care for it in ways of feeding,vet bills ( would take out pet insurance ) would make sure the dog clean flea wise,worms etc

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    Labs and retrievers are the best if you have kids-dalmations are utterly mental-ours just goes bonkers from morning til night!

    I have seen good and bad beagles but labs are always placid and friendly.

    we have a black lab- the size of a donkey, he is 4 now and the baby is just comin up to two... he was brilliant with him when he was tiny and now they are best friends!

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    I've seen a very few dalmations about and have noticed they quite lively and I thought they can be a bit silly,but they do look really cute and don't see too many about.

    If you have a Beagle just remember to keep all food locked away.... they're greedy *******! They won't think twice about snatching a biscuit out of a child's hand, or trying to jump up onto the dining table.

    onlyme23;6236813

    we have a black lab- the size of a donkey, he is 4 now and the baby is … we have a black lab- the size of a donkey, he is 4 now and the baby is just comin up to two... he was brilliant with him when he was tiny and now they are best friends!



    yep-our 2 year old climbs all over our lab,they cuddle up together and the lab is very protective of the baby-just seems to be natural instinct-lab wont even let my daughter go upstairs-she stands and blocks her if she tries to climb them.

    our dalmation is just too boisterous for her-he wouldnt deliberately harm her but needs watched cos he is soo jumpy and can knock her over.

    Mum2Connor&Cerys;6236817

    I've seen a very few dalmations about and have noticed they quite lively … I've seen a very few dalmations about and have noticed they quite lively and I thought they can be a bit silly,but they do look really cute and don't see too many about.



    they are cute for sure,but loadsa work-ours has a very,very powerful tail which just wags all day-he starts running round in circles wagging his tail and has actually stunned himself a few times by hitting himself in the face with his own tail!

    they dont seem to be mega common-I hardly ever see adverts in the paper for them,but a lot are born with deafness and the breeders dispose of them-likewise if their markings arent "good enough"-cruel I know but that seems to be the case.

    Dalmations are prone to deafness too so i guess that makes them jumpy. My friend has one and i get covered in fine white dog hairs everytime he comes near me.

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    midlandscomics;6236830

    If you have a Beagle just remember to keep all food locked away.... … If you have a Beagle just remember to keep all food locked away.... they're greedy *******! They won't think twice about snatching a biscuit out of a child's hand, or trying to jump up onto the dining table.



    lol greedy.

    Oh yeh I wouldn't want that up at the table,it would be kept elsewhere when mealtimes anyway as kids would sneak any dog some food.
    There be a lot to think about if I'm going be able to get any dog to behave as I've never kept 1 before and so it doesn't take over.

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    queenlush;6236868

    Dalmations are prone to deafness too so i guess that makes them jumpy. … Dalmations are prone to deafness too so i guess that makes them jumpy. My friend has one and i get covered in fine white dog hairs everytime he comes near me.



    I've heard that too and suppose you will never know until well after it's been bought,a deaf dog from start probably not good idea with children.

    why not a german shepherd, good with kids and a great guard dog

    Mum2Connor&Cerys;6236869

    lol greedy.Oh yeh I wouldn't want that up at the table,it would be kept … lol greedy.Oh yeh I wouldn't want that up at the table,it would be kept elsewhere when mealtimes anyway as kids would sneak any dog some food.There be a lot to think about if I'm going be able to get any dog to behave as I've never kept 1 before and so it doesn't take over.



    You really will have to lay down the law and be the boss :thumbsup: We had a rotweiller and had to do things when he was a tiny pup like let the kids take away his food bowl, bone and toys etc. Even entering the house the dog had to go last , to show it's our territory not his.

    Aren't Dalmatians a bit nippy with kids too?

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    wickedteen;6236887

    why not a german shepherd, good with kids and a great guard dog



    Yeh that be another I would consider,I would consider most but would really like from a puppy. I just don't want a small dog cat size or whatever.
    Letchworth,used to live there,I went to Fearnhill for Yr 7 & 8.

    Mum2Connor&Cerys;6236886

    I've heard that too and suppose you will never know until well after it's … I've heard that too and suppose you will never know until well after it's been bought,a deaf dog from start probably not good idea with children.



    I was told by a breeder that the deaf dalmations are born with blue eyes so you can tell I believe.

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    Another thing I have to consider is even if any my children are allergic to the dog,as 1 as asthma and both get excema from time to time. I gotta think if I got the dog and this was case that I could not keep could someone else I know take it on,there loads to think about really.
    Luckily I don't rush into things and we would def be talking about next year if I was to buy.

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    barky;6236958

    I was told by a breeder that the deaf dalmations are born with blue eyes … I was told by a breeder that the deaf dalmations are born with blue eyes so you can tell I believe.



    Oh really,I just heard that they can be more prone to deafness than other dogs.

    AshleyRFC;6236925

    Aren't Dalmatians a bit nippy with kids too?



    yup...... a bit bloomin nippy with adults too lol bad tempered spotty ******s

    Mum2Connor&Cerys;6236960

    Another thing I have to consider is even if any my children are allergic … Another thing I have to consider is even if any my children are allergic to the dog,as 1 as asthma and both get excema from time to time. I gotta think if I got the dog and this was case that I could not keep could someone else I know take it on,there loads to think about really.Luckily I don't rush into things and we would def be talking about next year if I was to buy.



    Staffys are good with kids and very short haired too

    golden retriever is the way to go, i love them :lol:, hate just about all dogs tho

    queenlush;6236971

    yup...... a bit bloomin nippy with adults too lol bad tempered spotty … yup...... a bit bloomin nippy with adults too lol bad tempered spotty ******s




    our domino isnt nippy at all-just boisterous and completely stupid-he has his breakfast in the garden in the morning because he likes to share it with a local squirrel! both heads in the bowl at the same time-utterly mad! meanwhile the lab is barking at the window as if to say "its a squirrel! kill it you spotty maniac!"

    also took him 18 months to learn his own name-we used to shout "domino" and he would dance about as if to say "who is domino,where?where?"

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    There are some other breeds I like too,Dalmations,Labradors,Golden … There are some other breeds I like too,Dalmations,Labradors,Golden Retrievers.



    Goldies all the way.

    I used to dog sit my mates Dalmation when they went on holidays. At 8 o'clock every single night he used to stand in exactly the same spot and growl and bark staring at nothing in particular for about 10 mins, it really used to freak me out.

    queenlush;6237067

    I used to dog sit my mates Dalmation when they went on holidays. At 8 … I used to dog sit my mates Dalmation when they went on holidays. At 8 o'clock every single night he used to stand in exactly the same spot and growl and bark staring at nothing in particular for about 10 mins, it really used to freak me out.




    dalmations see dead people:whistling:

    barky;6237097

    dalmations see dead people:whistling:



    Nooooo shuttup you lol :w00t:

    barky;6237009

    our domino isnt nippy at all-just boisterous and completely stupid-he has … our domino isnt nippy at all-just boisterous and completely stupid-he has his breakfast in the garden in the morning because he likes to share it with a local squirrel! both heads in the bowl at the same time-utterly mad! meanwhile the lab is barking at the window as if to say "its a squirrel! kill it you spotty maniac!"also took him 18 months to learn his own name-we used to shout "domino" and he would dance about as if to say "who is domino,where?where?"



    He sounds lovely, sounds like you'd need to be a very active person/family to keep up with him.

    queenlush;6236971

    yup...... a bit bloomin nippy with adults too lol bad tempered spotty … yup...... a bit bloomin nippy with adults too lol bad tempered spotty ******s



    yeah my friend had one as i swear it was mad... but i think most dalmations act that way..


    What about a shiba inu... its the dog we will get just after xmas hopefully they are good with kids

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    barky;6237009

    our domino isnt nippy at all-just boisterous and completely stupid-he has … our domino isnt nippy at all-just boisterous and completely stupid-he has his breakfast in the garden in the morning because he likes to share it with a local squirrel! both heads in the bowl at the same time-utterly mad! meanwhile the lab is barking at the window as if to say "its a squirrel! kill it you spotty maniac!"also took him 18 months to learn his own name-we used to shout "domino" and he would dance about as if to say "who is domino,where?where?"



    lolololol too funny! :giggle: :giggle:

    I had a gorgeous female dalmatian & she was as daft as a brush but a lovely, lovely dog :-D

    Tinkytayls;6237121

    yeah my friend had one as i swear it was mad... but i think most … yeah my friend had one as i swear it was mad... but i think most dalmations act that way..What about a shiba inu... its the dog we will get just after xmas hopefully they are good with kids



    Awwwww it's like a fat little teddy bear

    Definitely a labrador, they're great with kids, and a bit thick (in a funny way), plus they're utterly loyal. One thing though, if you like labs don't watch Marley & me!!!

    Jumpingphil;6237450

    If one of your children has asthma, then I don't think it's a good idea … If one of your children has asthma, then I don't think it's a good idea to have a beagle smoking in the house.



    They have to smoke outside now if it's a working dog:thumbsup:

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    i know you said you will take out insurance but remeber there will still probably be excess fees, also injections etc,etc that arent covered, as well as feeding the animal, all expenses to consider

    We used to have a beagle. they need lots of exercise. think they were bred initially as hunting dogs. Ours was like houdini, and would always escape.

    Tosa.

    i would say no to a beagle i have known a few and they need tons of exercise and are generally hyper,also two i have known about are fairly aggresive too but thats been a socialisation issue. re allergies i would suggest a non moulting breed such as lhasa apso (my fav as am accredited breeder of them) ~ other great dogs for people with allergies are the labradoodle which have fantastic natures, shih tzu, maltese, shnauzer, bichon frise are all non mouting breeds.
    these breeds are all fairly time consuming as need groomed every day without fail and need regular trips to the groomers for trims etc.
    personally for a first time dog owner i would go for a labradoodle which need a good amount of exercise, some grooming , but are easily trained and loyal dogs.
    hope this helps :thumbsup:

    have a look here, this is my fav website - I often go window shopping for another dog

    manytears.co.uk/

    minkle;6237793

    We used to have a beagle. they need lots of exercise. think they were … We used to have a beagle. they need lots of exercise. think they were bred initially as hunting dogs. Ours was like houdini, and would always escape.



    my friends beagle was always escaping too.

    if you have never had a dog before I would recommend puppy classes (look in yellow pages)

    they are very laid back and as well as learning the basic commands you gets lots of info and can ask your trainer advice with any probs.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for any advice,there a lot to think about,will rep soon.

    Golden Retrievers all the way. We've got one who's 3 years old now. Absolutely brilliant with kids, hardly ever eats babies, very docile, never barks, knows his place in the family pecking order and spends most of his time asleep. He's a bit thick though, bless him.

    golden retrievers get my vote too - they're fantastic family dogs
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